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John Harwood

John Harwood
CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent

John Harwood is Chief Washington Correspondent for CNBC and a political writer for The New York Times. Harwood hosts the CNBC Digital original video series "Speakeasy with John Harwood."

Harwood was born in Louisville, Ky., and grew up in the Maryland suburbs outside of the nation's capital. He has been around journalism and politics all his life; his first trip on a presidential campaign press plane came when he was 11 years old and accompanied his father, then a political reporter for The Washington Post.

While still in high school, he began his journalism career as a copy boy at The Washington Star. He studied history and economics at Duke University and graduated magna cum laude in 1978. Harwood subsequently joined The St. Petersburg Times, reporting on police, investigative projects, local government and politics. Later he became state capital correspondent in Tallahassee, Washington correspondent and political editor. While covering national politics, he also traveled extensively to South Africa, where he covered deepening unrest against the apartheid regime.

In 1989, Harwood was named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where he spent the 1989-90 academic year. In 1991, he joined The Wall Street Journal as White House correspondent, covering the administration of the George H. W. Bush. Later Harwood reported on Congress. In 1997, he became The Wall Street Journal's Political Editor and chief political correspondent.

While at The Wall Street Journal, Harwood wrote the newspaper's political column, "Washington Wire," and oversaw the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. In March 2006, he joined CNBC as Chief Washington Correspondent.

In addition to CNBC, Harwood offers political analysis on "NBC Nightly News" and PBS' "Washington Week in Review," among other television and radio programs. Harwood has covered each of the last eight presidential elections.

Follow John Harwood on Twitter @johnjharwood.


  • Trump closing in on Clinton

    CNBC's John Harwood and Sara Fagen, CNBC Contributor and Former George H.W. Bush Aide & White House Political Director, discusses a new poll showing the narrowing of the gap between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for the presidency.

  • Clinton leads Trump by 3 points: NBC/WSJ Poll

    Hillary Clinton's lead over Donald Trump is narrowing, reports CNBC's John Harwood.

  • Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton's disclosures

    Inside Donald Trump's financial disclosure, with CNBC's John Harwood.

  • Trump net worth in excess of $10B -Filing

    CNBC's John Harwood reports on Donald Trump's new personal financial disclosure, as well the Republican presidential candidate's interview with Reuters about the Fed, the economy and North Korea's nuclear program.

  • Primary day in Oregon, Kentucky

    CNBC's John Harwood reports the latest on the primaries in Kentucky and Oregon.

  • Is Sanders draining thrill of primary?

    CNBC's John Harwood takes a look at what today's primaries could mean for Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Also discussing Trump's short list for vice president.

  • Trump sounds off on Bezos

    CNBC's John Harwood reports the latest news making headlines about presidential candidate Donald Trump.

  • House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 12, 2016, following his meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

    There's a pattern to opposition to Donald Trump within the GOP, and House Speaker Paul Ryan embraces it fully. What is it?

  • Trump sounds off on Bezos

    CNBC's John Harwood weighs in on Donald Trump saying Amazon has a "huge antitrust problem."

  • Ryan stops short of Trump endorsement

    CNBC's John Harwood takes a look at the next step towards unification of the Republican Party and how it is likely to impact Trump's chance of beating Hillary Clinton.

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